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Centre for Immigration and Community Services – Women’s Group

Group Name: Centre for Immigration and Community Services (CICS) – Women’s Support Group

Description: The 46-year momentum fuelled by the dedication, compassion and hard work of volunteers and staff places CICS at the forefront of serving immigrants. CICS is funded by three levels of government and United Way to provide a wide range of settlement programs and services in Toronto and York Region. Our staff speak 20 languages collectively and we serve immigrants of all age groups. CICS is committed to providing their clients with equal access to services that meet their individual needs.

We have a 6-week women’s support group for women to meet with other members of their community and discussed issues of their concern. No matter whether you live in Richmond Hill, Markham or Toronto, we have a group for you. Call to find out more. Topics for newcomer women vary from group to group but they can include any of the following:

  • Settling in Canada
  • Our immigration stories
  • Isolation and emotional health
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting children and teens
  • Health and nutrition
  • Family finances
  • Career planning
  • Social network

Where: 2330 Midland Avenue | Toronto, ON M1S 5G5

Contact: Toronto 416-292-7510 | York Region 905-479-7926 | info@cicscanada.com | www.cicscanada.com

Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society – Youth Corner

Group Name: Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society

Description: CUIAS is a non-profit community organization, providing settlement assistance to immigrants for over 30 years with the support of the federal government (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and provincial government (Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration). Their services are offered in English, French, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and Romanian languages. They seek to assist new immigrants to adapting and integrating into Canadian society. Services include a settlement and adaptation, English classes, youth programs, and immigration assistance.

Immigration can be a difficult time, especially for young people. The Youth Program at CUIAS is designed to help newcomer youth ages 13-24 settle in a new country. We offer various programs and activities that assist youth during this process including an after-school homeowork club; English-speaking groups; movie nights; monthly sports games; field trips and excursions; French-speaking club; workshops on relevant topics (resume-writing, interview preparation; MS Office) and weekly dance classes. Our Mandate:

  • To promote personal and social development of youth by establishing relationships an da sense of belonging while learning about Canadian culture.
  • To create a welcoming environment for newcomer youth (ages 13-24) to spend time together, share stories/ideas/issues/problems/concerns, learn to help each other out in productive and respectful ways, overcome isolation and loneliness and integrate into community life to become productive members of society.
  • To provide information, support and resources on specific issues affecting newcomer youth.

Where: 2383 Bloor St. W. 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M6S 1P6

Contact: Victoria or Oksana 416-876-9350 | cuias@cuias.org | www.cuias.org

Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) – Settlement Services

Group Name: Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) – Settlement Services

Description: Working Women is a charitable organization that provides a variety of programs and services, which help immigrant women adjust to living in Toronto. When asked what sets us apart from other charities in the sector, we respond: Working Women is unique in two very distinct ways- their enterprising spirit and their approach with clients.

Our objective is to assist immigrant women to overcome obstacles in areas such as employment, training, education, housing, health, legal matters, family dynamics and social services.

We provide: settlement and supportive counselling, LINC, seniors programming, mentorship program for young women, employment programming, tutoring for Portuguese speaking youth, annual picnic, Christmas party, ESL courses, training programs, community development, referrals. There are wife assault support groups for Portuguese and African women, regular information sessions and income tax clinic.

Immigrant and refugee women and their families experience many short and long term barriers to integration. Our services ranges from assistance with basic survival and orientation, such as securing social assistance, to helping long time immigrants who continue to experience barriers.

Newly arrived immigrants receive one-to-one information, orientation, referrals, documentation, interpreting, translation, occasional escorts, supportive counselling and advocacy.

Where: 533A Gladstone Avenue | Toronto, ON M6H 3J1

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-532-2824 | www.workingwomencc.org | admin@workingwomencc.org

Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) – HIPPY

Group Name: Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters – HIPPY

Description: Working Women is a charitable organization that provides a variety of programs and services, which help immigrant women adjust to living in Toronto. When asked what sets us apart from other charities in the sector, we respond: Working Women is unique in two very distinct ways- their enterprising spirit and their approach with clients.

The HIPPY program, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, is a free home-based program which recognizes the parents to be their children’s first and best teachers. Research has shown that the ideal time for children to start learning is in their earliest years. HIPPY at Working Women Community Centre provides newcomer families with tools and support that allow them to make a real difference in their children’s lives. The program empowers parents to help their children successfully enter the school system. Through early intervention, the program also helps immigrant families with their settlement needs; ensures enhanced success for children headed to kindergarten; and enables parents to play a key role in this learning and settlement process. Home visitors are employed to work with families in their homes. The home visitors bring a new set of instructional materials weekly, and using role-play, they spend one hour per week with the parent(s) reviewing the materials which in turn, the parents then deliver to their child in 15-minute daily sessions. Newcomer families make a two-year commitment to participate in the program for 30 weeks per year, concurrently with the school year. During the past few years, and through each of the HIPPY cycles, our program has served over 200 families and 210 children all across the sites in Toronto.

Where: 533A Gladstone Avenue | Toronto, ON M6H 3J1

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-532-2824 | admin@workingwomencc.org | www.workingwomencc.org

Elizabeth Fry – Homelessness and Outreach Programs

Group Name: Elizabeth Fry – Homelessness and Outreach Programs

Description: Elizabeth Fry Toronto, established in 1952, serves women who are, have been or are at risk of being in conflict with the criminal justice system. We provide transitional housing and community supports that are: woman centered, gender-responsive and anti-oppressive.

Elizabeth Fry Toronto provides unique programs in support of women who have experienced homelessness, are at-risk of conflict with the law or have experienced such conflict. Programs include:

  • BEST Pre-Employment: Assessment and planning for homeless women with a criminal record seeking meaningful employment.
  • Girl’s Circle: A prevention and outreach program for youth between the ages of 13 and 24 years.
  • Project OWN (Opportunities for Women Now): A peer education and training program to build public awareness about women and the law.
  • Newcomer Program: Education and support for criminalized and at-risk women who are new to Canada or have precarious immigration status
  • Work Safe: Health, legal, and counselling support and referrals for sex worker

Where: 215 Wellesley Street East | Toronto, ON M4X 1G1

When: Women must first attend an individual assessment prior to attending group sessions. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-924-3708 Ext. 246 | info@efrytoronto.org | www.efrytoronto.org

Rexdale Women’s Centre – Spousal Abuse Support

Group Name: Rexdale Women’s Centre – Spousal Abuse Support

Description: The Rexdale Women’s Centre is an independent, non-for-profit, voluntary agency that serves high-need women and their family members residing in the Greater Toronto Area. At the Rexdale Women’s Centre, our vision is that in the Greater Toronto Area all immigrant, newcomer and refugee women and their partners, children, parents, and other family members of all generations have everything they need.

Support Groups for Women on Spousal Abuse: Support groups offer women a unique opportunity to gain information, share experiences, to build confidence and to develop safety plans when dealing with abuse. Rexdale Women’s Centre provides women with information about their rights and how they can be supportive to other women who are experiencing spousal abuse.

Where: 925 Albion Rd, Room 305A |Etobicoke, ON M9V 1A6

When: Call for information on meetings.

Contact: Guadalupe Herrera 416-745-0062 Ext. 261 | gherrera@rexdalewomen.org | www.rexdalewomen.org

Rexdale Women’s Centre – Eating for Two Prenatal Nutrition Program

Group Name: Rexdale Women’s Centre – Eating for Two Prenatal Nutrition Program

Description: The Rexdale Women’s Centre is an independent, non-for-profit, voluntary agency that serves high-need women and their family members residing in the Greater Toronto Area. At the Rexdale Women’s Centre, our vision is that in the Greater Toronto Area all immigrant, newcomer and refugee women and their partners, children, parents, and other family members of all generations have everything they need.

This program is offered to expectant and new moms (both adults and teenagers) to promote healthy development of their children. In addition, this program also supports women who have limited social support and who may be new to Canada. The Rexdale Women’s Centre’s staff provides information and referral, connects moms to resources in the community and provides support for day to day living and challenges. The Rexdale Women’s Centre works in partnership with the Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition, Toronto Public Health, and the Rexdale Community Health Centre, to encourage healthy pregnancies and reduce the risk of low birth weight babies.

Where: 21 Panorama Court, Suite 23 | Etobicoke, ON, M9V 4E3

When: Every Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Contact: Millicent 415-745-0062 Ext. 255 | www.rexdalewomen.org

Rexdale Women’s Centre – Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Group

Group Name: Rexdale Women’s Centre – Parenting and Family Supportive Counselling

Description: The Rexdale Women’s Centre is an independent, non-for-profit, voluntary agency that serves high-need women and their family members residing in the Greater Toronto Area. At the Rexdale Women’s Centre, our vision is that in the Greater Toronto Area all immigrant, newcomer and refugee women and their partners, children, parents, and other family members of all generations have everything they need.

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Groups: Many parents and grandparents lack the social networks and supports needed in order to parent more effectively. Connecting, sharing and building skills with peers are often powerful tools in addressing the lack of confidence, self-esteem or parenting experience needed by caregivers to successfully address everyday challenges. More importantly, participants share learned expertise, views and ideas. Many of the participants develop social support networks while attending the group, which continue providing encouragement and help when the groups are finished. Upon completion of the program, often participants state that they feel more confident in parenting their children because of the techniques they learned while in the group.

Where: 925 Albion Road, Suite 309 | Etobicoke, ON M9V 3Y7

When: Call for more information as this groups is offered in several languages and is offered in different locations.

Contact: 416-745-0062 Ext.261 | www.rexdalewomen.org

Dixon Hall – Mandarin Outreach

Group Name: Dixon Hall – Mandarin Outreach

Description: Dixon Hall creates opportunities for people of all ages to dream, to achieve and to live full and rewarding lives. The Health and Wellness Program provides opportunities for social interaction and support, promotes wellness among seniors, encourages members to develop leadership and creative skills, offers opportunities for continuing learning, provides activities for general enjoyment and facilitates cultural integration.

Mandarin Outreach
Many newcomers to the Dixon Hall community are Mandarin speaking. Dixon Hall, noticing an unaddressed need among this group, has developed ways to welcome and support these newcomers and help them to integrate into the community. Examples of some these programs are listed as follow:

Settlement Services are offered to landed immigrants and newcomers, such as information and referral, information/ workshop sessions.

Recreation and wellness Programs: Promoting health and wellness is one of the main goals for our program. Activities include fitness, dancing and music program for women and seniors, art and craft for children, workshops on parenting, nutrition and health. Family activities, outings and cultural events are also organized.

Where: 58 Sumach St. | Toronto, ON M5A 3J7

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-863-0499 | info@dixonhall.org | www.dixonhall.org

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